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Counter balance your oars without buying new ones! These 4 lb. steel sleeves slide easily over the end of the oar, fasten securely to the shaft anywhere you want and are completely removable. This river tool is fully adjustable and will enable you to offset the weight of the oar outside your oarlocks. You can custom adjust these weights for multiple rowers, personal preferences, or for different rowing conditions. These will definitely save some wear and tear on the arms over the course of a long day (or week) on the water. Sleeves are secured to the oar with three 1/4"-20 x 1/2" length nylon pan head screws. Ideal for oars longer than nine feet.

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Features:
  • 4-lb. Steel Counterweights
  • Three 1/4"-20 x 1/2" Length Nylon Pan-Head Screws
  • Ideal for oars longer than nine feet/li>
  • You can custom adjust these weights for multiple rowers, personal preferences, or for different rowing conditions

video: Cataract Oars & Blades

Cataract Oars & Blades (5:26)

You don't have to know rocket science to row a boat, but it helps to have gear made by a company who does. Cataract shafts are made with the same filament wound glass/carbon/epoxy composite technology used by the aerospace industry. These oars perform like no others, translating muscle energy into stroke power more effectively than other oars, giving you the ultimate in oar responsiveness.

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  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Do you sell them individually? One slipped off my oar...
    Asked on 6/29/2014 by Chipaonia from Paonia, CO

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Only sold in pairs. Bright side: you'll have an extra in case one slips off again

      Answered on 6/30/2014 by Anonymous
  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Can the Cataract oar counterbalance sleeves be used with standard Carlisle oars? I am looking for a way to counterbalance the oars that we already have.
    Asked on 8/21/2013 by Dana from Moab, UT

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. The 3 screws are adjustable for Carlisle oars.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Dear Dana,
      I can't speak as to whether these sleeves will fit on a Carlisle oar. I have only used them on 10 foot Cataracts but, if the diameter is the same, they should fit. I will say that having them makes a huge difference. After rowing out of Westwater canyon (one day) last year without them, my elbows were causing me a great deal of pain but, with them on my Cataract oars, I have rowed the Middle Fork of the Salmon twice and have had no problems.. They have stayed on the oars without having to tighten them even after driving a total of 160 miles on bumpy dirt roads.
      I would prefer to have my counter balanced Sawyers back but, these are a good affordable second choice. Be advised however, while using these little gems, your oars might not float or the handles will drag on the bottom making them hard to retrieve if you don't use leashes like I ONCE did.
      Good luck. Happy boating.
      Todd

      Answered on 8/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they fit fine on the oar shaft. Have not used on the water yet but they should work very well.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/25/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.
      Placed set on 9' Carlisle oar with 8" Carlisle outfitter blade.
      Rowed 200+ miles what I had expected from product.
      Suggest checking screw tension on regular basis for safety.
      Now on 10' Cataract SGX.
      Excellent product.
      I recently removed for a few river miles and the difference, very physically notable. Each stroke was heavier and slower to respond.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by golden1 from jh
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use them on my Carlisle oars. They secure and work fine...

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by AZ Cat Boater from Tucson, AZ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they can - I have used them for the past two years with my Carlise
      oars.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You should be able to, the set screws are adjustable. I believe the oar
      shaft diameter is the same between the cataract and carlise oars.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by kayakergirl from North Bend, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. I've used Cataracts 5 lb. counterbalance sleeves on my blue Carlisles
      for almost ten years.
      W. Kelly
      Driggs, ID

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Anonymous
  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Hey Clyde (?) - so yes...I am aware of the benefits of counterbalance sleeves which is why I purchased them (very happy with my purchase). But more specifically my question is - where do people typically install them? Whatever feels good to each individual somewhere between hands and the oar rights? You really can't install these wrong, right? Make sense what I am asking?
    Asked on 8/19/2013 by Patty from Golden, CO

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Patty,
      I have 9'6" or 10' Cataract oars. I set my weights about 1"-2" from the grips. This is just heavy enough to keep the blades in the water when not rowing and requires a minimum of effort to push down on to get them out of the water. What a labor saver!

      Answered on 9/11/2013 by Steelheadspies from Oregon
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hi Patty. Sorry that I misinterpreted your earlier question. You're correct; there's no one right place to position them. The closer they are to your hands, the more they balance the blade end. Cataract oars with internal counterbalances have all that weight in the oar's handle. So, experiment to find out what feels right for you. I've never rowed with counterbalances, but people who do swear by them. Have fun!

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Where you install them is strictly a matter of balance. They're meant to counteract the weight of the oar blade, and the position will vary depending on the length of your oar and the distance between your oar lock and your handle. I set mine so the blade end is just a little heavier. When I let go of the handle, the blade drops into the water.
      Happy rowing -- Pete
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I purchased a set to install when my daughter was rowing the raft -
      find your counter-weight balance points between the oar-lock and the
      end of the oar - tighten the set screws, they simply lighten the
      weight of the tip of the oar - fresher arm, stronger pull - - -

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You want a little upward pressure on your hands, but the oars should be
      pretty balanced in the oar lock to prevent fatigue. Every boat has a
      different width between the oar locks so you need to experiment a little
      with counterweight placement. Rick Todd

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Patty,
      I think the simple answer is that they need to be as close to the hands as possible without making the oars negatively balanced. In other words after installing the sleeves the oars should still go in the water without having to push them down but comfortable to row.
      But in order to place them properly. You need to have the oar stops positioned correctly, the right length oar, the correct rowers height, etc.

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I install mine right below my handles. But yes wherever they provide the
      greatest benefit will be fine! Hope that helps?

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Bill from Belgrade, MT
  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Where do most people install their counterbalance sleeves on the oar shaft? I have oar rights. Between those and my hands?
    Asked on 8/18/2013 by Patty from Golden, CO

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Take off your blade and slide the counter balance onto the shaft. Put the blade back on. Set the oars back into the oar locks. Pull one oar down to your thighs and slide the counter balance around until you hit the sweet spot. The oar should want to return to the water, but you should be able to hold the oar up without any strain. When you tuck them under your legs to float they should be comfortable and not pull up on your legs.

      Answered on 8/21/2013 by Chateau from Glenwood Springs, CO
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Place them so your oar is well balanced and light.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by ILFR from Portland, OR
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I put mine on the end of the oars right next to the grips. They work amazingly! I'm really happy I got them, finally!
      Sent by Terry Carlson

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.

      Answered on 8/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, Patty, approx. 2/3 of your oar is usually beyond the oarlock, so the counterweights are to balance that outside weight to make rowing less tiring.

      Answered on 8/18/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Will your sleves fit Carlile oars?
    Asked on 5/4/2013 by birddog from Houston,Oh

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, they will. Both Carlisle and Cataract oar shafts are the same diameter.

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves

    Q:

    Will Cataract Oar Counterbalanced Sleeves sleeves fit Carlisle oars?????

    Thanks
    Asked on 1/13/2013 by Robert

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yup!
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 1/13/2013 by RJ from Spokane, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes ---- They work well.

      Answered on 1/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they will.

      Answered on 1/15/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they will and they are great.

      Answered on 1/13/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, Carlisle and Cataract shafts have the same outside diameter.

      Answered on 1/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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Pros

  • Adjustable (10)
  • Minimizes fatigue (9)
  • Good control (6)
  • Comfortable shaft (4)
  • Easy to install (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Day trip (10)
    • Rivers (8)
    • River running (5)
    • Touring (4)
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    5.0

    Works as intended!

    By Tyfast

    from Colorado Springs

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable Shaft
    • Good Control
    • Minimizes Fatigue

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

        Works as expected

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Shoulder joint saver!

        By Bigdroptwo

        from Sandy, Utah

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Easy Off Easy On Adjust
        • Good Control
        • Minimizes Fatigue

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

            Reduces fatigue while oaring by nearly eliminating offsetting weight of lifting oars out of the water. I'm sorry it took me so long to be convinced of what a great asset these counter balance aids would be in reducing fatigue.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great addition to a multi-day trip

            By TDA

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Minimizes Fatigue

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Day Trips
              • River Running

              Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

              I though I would never use these. I took them on a four day Cat trip and was thankful to have them. Leave them at home for day trips, bring them along for multi-day trips.

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Shoulder saver

              By Capt. Forest

              from [@] Foster Falls, VA.

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable Shaft
              • Good Control
              • Minimizes Fatigue
              • Reduces Flutter

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Day Trips
                • River Running
                • Touring

                Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

                I'm a fishing guide (newrivercharter.com) age 56 and row 12 miles with three people on my raft and gear. Wish I had bought these 10 years ago. Takes 80% of the effort out of oar handling.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                World of difference

                By Machias

                from Stafford, VA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable Shaft
                • Good Control
                • Minimizes Fatigue
                • Reduces Flutter

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Day Trips
                  • River Running

                  Comments about Cataract Oar Counterbalance Sleeves:

                  These oar weights make a huge difference. I had paddled a couple of 16 mile stretches with a fair amount of flat water. Whew, wore out, added the oar weights and it really made the difference between tired wore out arms and arms with plenty of power left at the end of a long day. Very happy with these.

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